75cl * Vegan * 13.5% ABV * Marlborough, New Zealand
The Marlborough region is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, very largely due to the work of Kevin Judd, Greywacke’s winemaker: before Greywacke, Kevin was the founding winemaker of Marlborough’s world famous Cloudy Bay estate. Marlborough is also developing a burgeoning reputation for Pinot Noir, particularly in some of those areas of southern Marlborough where soil types really suit Pinot Noir far more than any other varietal. Greywacke Pinot Noir is very much at the forefront of this movement and area, being sourced principally from just one vineyard in Marlborough’s southern Brancott Valley and being made with time-honoured, hand-crafted Burgundy techniques. As a testimonial to what both New Zealand and Marlborough can do with Pinot Noir, this is an outstanding wine to try and to cellar for up to five years.
A tasting note from Kevin Judd: A sweet-scented compote of poached Black Doris plums, raspberries and black cherries with a spoonful of homemade strawberry conserve stirred in for good measure. A highly fragrant style of Marlborough pinot with cinnamon and clove spiciness – a dense structure, generous palate weight and a long, lively finish.